Korean Air to Re-Launch Budapest, Dubai and Thailand Services

A Korean Air Boeing 737 taxiing.
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LONDON – South Korea’s Flag Carrier Korean Air to re-launch the Budapest route as well as flights to Dubai, Phuket and Chiang Mai. Thailand and the Central European markets are a hit for Korean fliers. 


Touted as one of Europe’s most romantic cities. Korean Air will launch its inaugural flight to the city of Budapest, the capital of Hungary on 3rd October. The airline will use one of the latest aircraft in its flight, the Boeing 787-9, once a week on Monday. This airline will depart Seoul Incheon, at 11:25 AM and land in Budapest at 5:05 PM.

The returning leg will see the airline depart at 7:15 PM the next day and will arrive at the Korean capital at 12:50 PM. Nevertheless, there will be an additional one-off flight on October 29th. The once-in-a-week flight seems a little low as a proofing route, given how popular the destination is for Korean tourists.

But on the 31st of October, the Korean national carrier will fly to Seoul twice a week, and will depart the Korean capital at 12:25 PM on Monday and Saturday and will arrive at Budapest at 5:15 PM. Similarly to the inaugural flights and the first weeks of operation, the returning leg will see the airline taking off at 7:35 PM and arriving at 2:15 PM the following day. 

Budapest is not completely new to the airline, as Korean Air has launched a cargo service to the Hungarian city in February 2020. Korean Air, being a leading airline in East Asia and a SkyTeam airline plans to increase its footprint in Eastern Europe, and also its European network. 

As has been mentioned, Budapest is a city well respected by many Koreans, as a city accredited by the UNESCO World Heritage site, bombarded with beautiful architecture and filled with a rich history.

Ties between South Korea and Hungary are strong, as the Hungarian government’s policies of foreign direct investments have lured many Korean techs and automotive company to invest in the country, bolstering business travel between the two cities. 


The Dubai route will also be resumed after the pandemic threw the airline’s operation to a temporary halt in March 2020. The Korean flag carrier will gradually resume its Middle Eastern operations. The airline plans to resume its Dubai service thrice weekly with the not-so-modern A330-300 fleet.

The route will be flown on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays with all flights leaving at 13:20 PM and arriving in Dubai at 18:55PM. On the return leg, the airline will take off from Dubai at 11:00 PM and will arrive back at the South Korean capital at 12:40 PM the next day. 

Thailand destinations 

Korean Air will resume services to Thailand’s largest and most popular Island, Phuket. Phuket is a popular destination for tourists and Thais alike, and a well sought after honeymoon destination in the country, which is famous for East Asian travellers.

The Phuket flight will leave Seoul Airport on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays at 5:55 PM and will arrive on the Thai Island at 10:00 PM. The returning leg will see the airline departing Phuket at 11:20 PM and arriving back in Seoul at 7:55 AM the following day.  The Phuket flights will be flown by the Boeing 737-800. 

Phuket is popular for luxury resorts, and its white sandy beaches, with a wide range of adventurous activities, such as island hopping and diving, and its vibrant nightlife. 

Chiang Mai will also be served by Korean Air with the Boeing 737-800. The South Korean Flag carrier will offer four flights a week every Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, which will take off from the Korean Capital at  5:55 pm and arrive in Chiang Mai at 9:30 PM.

The returning flight will depart Chiang Mai at 11:00 PM and arrive at her home base in Seoul at 6:25 PM.

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